MOSCOW .- The Caucasian Islamist leader Doku Umarov, known as the “Russia’s Bin Laden”, died Monday during a special forces counter-terrorist operation in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, said today, security sources quoted by Russian news agency Interfax.
According to sources, Umarov was killed in an air strike that also caused the deaths of 16 terrorists. However, the news has not been officially confirmed.
The President of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, said that among the terrorists killed several Islamist leaders and bodyguard of Umarov’s inner circle were included. However, the bodies have not yet been identified, he said.
The pro-Russian president of the neighboring republic of Chechnya, Kadyrov Ramsar, said that if Umarov’s death is confirmed, it is “good news for a healthy development” in the region.
The self-styled “Emir of the Caucasus” had taken responsibility for numerous suicide bombings, including the double suicide bombing last year in the Moscow subway, which left 40 dead, as well as the role in January this year at Moscow Airport Domodedovo, which left 38 people dead.